Blacklights is a great party piece, and they are especially useful after the party is over. Why? Well, you can use a blacklight to find any crayons or body fluids that may be stuck.
That's right, most body fluids contain chemicals that shine under UV light. But you do not have to throw around a full-sized black light to find the source of the mad cat's smell. You can easily get the job done with one small, portable black light.
You can also use a portable black light to discover unwanted guests who can wait in your bedroom or hotel room. Bedbug poop tracks glow under UV light, so you can use a portable black light to quickly scan your hotel mattress for any of these disgusting monsters. Some scorpions and spiders also glow under UV light, which is good to know if you live in an area that has many deadly scorpions.
There are all types of portable lamps and it can be difficult to find the one that suits your needs. Therefore, we have taken the time to find the best portable lights for each situation.
A quick listing before we enter: strong UV lamps are no joke and if you use them regularly, you should buy a pair of UV blocking glasses. For $ 7 you can take a pair of regular goggles or for a few dollars more you can get an oversized model.
INFRAY Pocket-Black Blacklight Pen ($ 1
Some portable lamps are a bit bulky. The bulky lights are really bright, which is nice, but you can't really hide them in your pocket. If you need a discreet little black light that you can take on a plane or at work without much hassle, check out the INFRAY black light.
There is not much to say about this black light. It is a solid product at an affordable price. It is a handy device for people who travel frequently and it is especially useful for people who need black lights in a professional environment (check money, cleaning house, dental care, etc.). The only real drawback of the INFRAY black lighting is that it produces a smaller light beam than larger black light. But it is a small price to pay for a blacklight that is the size of a highlighter.
LIGHTFE 3 Watt High Power Pocket Blacklight ($ 36)
Blacklights can be used in many professional environments. You can use them to find any leaks under your bonnet, or to cure the UV-reactive resin used by dentists and jewels. But we are not worried about our cars or teeth, we want to know how to find the cover spots and bedbugs in our hotel rooms!
Well, maybe we should think about this one second. Professional black lights, such as LIGHTFE, are incredibly bright and durable. There is even a label on LIGHTFE that says you should not "shine on your face or skin". So you know that hunting and scorpion hunting are extra good.
Here's the thing, LIGHTFE costs a lot of money. If you are not going to use your portable black light often, you might need to get something cheaper. But if you want a professional and durable black lamp that will take you long, it is something to think about.
LECIEL Portable USB-Powered Blacklight ($ 13)
If you are looking for a portable black light that can double as a decoration, you should check out the LECIEL USB power supply light. You can connect LECIEL to a power bank, a laptop or a socket, giving it a versatile element that many flashlight headlights simply do not have. When you are not looking for scorpions or checking how well your roommate cleaned the toilet seat, you can place LECIEL on a cool poster or include it in your next party.
Of course, the LECIEL blacklight is not as portable as a flashlight in black light. It has a strange shape that is not ideal for waving around the room, and it does not have a built-in battery. It's not very discreet, so you don't really want to take it out of the house. But it covers a lot of area with UV light, and it can double as a nice little decoration or party plug.
McDOER 100 LED Blacklight Flashlight ($ 20)
If you try to quickly chase piss spots around the house, you need a black light covering a lot of area. McDOER is a light, bulky blacklight that looks like a plug from a Ghost Busters movie. Its 100 UV LEDs can help you perform a quick search for cat jaws or check the furniture in your guest room for some weird spots. This black light would also be good for some minor repairs to cars or to detect any scorpions that may be on the porch.
Again, this black light is bulky, but it emits a wide range of UV light. This is the type of black light that you can hold under the toilet sink or in the garage.
TaoTronics 51 LED Blacklight Flashlight and UV Sunglasses ($ 16.99)
A light, bulky blacklight is useful when you want to quickly scan a room, but it is not always good to take the road. If you need an intermediate layer that can fit into the hotel bag, you should check out the TaoTronics black light. Its 50 UV LEDs make it easy to do a quick scan of your hotel room, only if there are any dodgy pests or body fluids that hang together.
The TaoTronics black lamp is also supplied with a pair of UV-blocking sunglasses, so you can look awesome. They can also protect your eyes (this black light is light) or help prevent any blacklight-induced headache.
For $ 17, TaoTronics blacklight is a pretty good deal. You get a bright light and a nice pair of sunglasses. Just keep in mind that this black light is not as powerful as the larger McDOER blacklight, and it is not as discreet as the INFRAY or LIGHTFE black lights.